Airport CEO is a tycoon and management game where you take seat as the CEO of your own airport. You will build the airport’s infrastructure with everything from runways to restaurants and check-in. Manage resources by hiring employees, signing contracts and making sure that the budget holds.
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Release Date: Aug 2017

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Airports are complex mega structures that are difficult to simulate. We believe that there has never before been made an attempt at simulating an airport and its workflow at this level of detail and in order to balance that detail with playability, we need player input. We are therefore convinced that by allowing players to participate early on in the design process, the gameplay and mechanics of Airport CEO can be greatly enhanced and coexist with a detail oriented simulated world.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“While it is hard to estimate the exact duration of which the game will remain in an early access stage, a lot of content and features are planned and will be added during this period. Our ambition is that the title remain in Early Access no longer than one year.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Our overall ambition is to create one of the best airport tycoon game of all time with a good mix of realism and fun gameplay. The full version of Airport CEO will contain all elements that are essential to the operations of an airport from a passenger, tarmac operations and economy perspective. While we as of now we do not have a fixed list of features and additions, we do have a lot of own ideas and as well suggestions collected from the community all the way back since the announcement of Airport CEO. These include everything from more items to be built such as more types of seatings, utility objects such as electricity and water, decorations as well as upgrades such as underground tarmac fueling system, WiFi-stations, incidents, severe weather, more advanced passenger simulation, multi-story terminals, multi terminal airports and more. We have an abundance of ideas which we will capitalize on throughout the Early Access period.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current Early Access version of Airport CEO has the core airport simulation functionality in place as well as a lot of preparations for future content. Everything that was shown in the Early Access Release Trailer was captured in-game and gave a very quick look at what's implemented.

Please refer to these three gameplay videos presented by the developers for a more complete idea of what’s currently included:

Airport CEO: Pre-Alpha Gameplay Video (Part 1):

Airport CEO: Pre-Alpha Gameplay Video (Part 2):

Airport CEO: Pre-Alpha Gameplay Video (Part 3):

Known Bugs & Missing Features

As the game is released in an Early Access state there will most certainly be some bugs and glitches which we would appreciate if you could report to us. However, before you report a bug please refer to the list of known errors and missing features:

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price will be gradually risen as new content and features are implemented. The raise will be reasonable, reflecting the number of hours that has been put into adding new content and occur as the game transitions from alpha to beta and then from beta to full.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“As we have a long development road map ahead, community involvement and support is critical for the success of Airport CEO. We have a long track record of working very closely with the community in order to align our development process with the expectations and anticipation of the players. This has been done through the establishment of several channel through which the development can be discussed in transparency. To this date we have released a total of 76 development blog posts, almost every week, summarising each week’s development process.

Design Competitions

We to this day held two very successful design competitions: An airline design contest where the task was to introduce a new airline complete with concept and liveries as well as a business design contest with a similar concept. The outcome was four new implemented airlines and over 20 businesses; all of it created by the community! We plan to have new similar design competitions in the future to further increase community engagement and involvement.

Community Voting and Prioritization

We have held community based votes in order to help us decide which new aircraft models to implement next. This is a great and fun way to help us decide and prioritize suggestions as they normally create hefty, but friendly, discussions around which options that should win. As this game is released on Early Access, we will launch a public feature system where player’s can vote on which features we should implement next.

Openness to Suggestion

We are always carefully listening to the community and have already made several adjustment to the game as a result of great suggestions and feedback from the community.”
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Available: August 2017


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August 14

DevLog 80: Steam Direct Update and Complex Terminal Layouts

The Weekly Development Blog

Each Monday the ACEO team releases a new blog post which discusses the achieved development milestones over the previous week.

Check out DevLog 80: Steam Direct Update and Complex Terminal Layouts to see what we've been up to this week!
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July 28

Airport CEO Steam Store Page is now Live!

A Word from the Developers

Hey there! Glad to have you with us. Airport CEO is a 2D tycoon and management game which has been in development for Windows and Mac since the summer of 2015. That's when we first announced what we were up to and two years later we are finally ready to let you try out and comment on what we've built so far.

Setting up this Steam store page is an important step towards the initial Early Access release of Airport CEO which we estimate to occur within August 2017. As we move closer to our internal release date, we'll make sure to share it with you. For more information on the exacts of the development process you can follow the Airport CEO development blog which is found over here! If you already have an opinion about the work we've done so far you are welcome to send us a comment on any of our various channels:

We'll of course make sure to drop a message here when we release a new devlog, as well as any other content that might be relevant for you.

Thanks for stopping by and see you soon again!

Apoapsis Studios
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About This Game

Airport CEO is a 2D tycoon and management game in development for PC and Mac where you take the seat as a CEO of your own airport. You will build the airport’s infrastructure with everything from runways and taxiways, gates and tarmac to constructing terminals with check-in, security, restaurants and shopping. You will manage the business perspective of the airport by hiring employees and executives, making deals with airline companies and making sure that ends meet by keeping an eye on budget and resources.

You will have to cater to the passengers by keeping waiting time to a minimum, by having friendly and helpful staff around and by making passengers feel secure, keeping any potential criminals at bay; a happy passenger is a shopping passenger. Hopefully you won’t run into any problems such as employee or equipment breakdowns, bad weather causing massive delays or emergency landings. You will be responsible for when things go wrong and, of course, filthy rich when things go right.

Running an Airport

Your objective is to build and manage your airport to perfection by making strategic decisions, building an optimized airport and ultimately making sure that your passengers and airlines are satisfied. You will need to build the entire airport from scratch including terminal foundations with floors, walls, doors and items as well as the airport infrastructure including runways, taxiways, aprons and other necessary structures. Everything in Airport CEO is deeply simulated and so you need to manage its operations by making strategic decisions such as hiring the right staff, controlling expenditures and optimizing processes.


Airlines and their travelers are an essential element of Airport CEO as they consist of the main source of your airport’s income, signing contracts with airlines bring cashflow and passengers to your airport which means opportunities for claiming an armada of different service fees as well as passenger consumption. Airlines come in different sizes and have different requirements on your airport and the services you offer, you are responsible for not only planning the flight schedule but also for meeting and maintaining the needs. For example, flights during rush hour could generate more income as airlines are prepared to pay more in fees but on the other hand late evening flights are normally less desirable and you might be forced to reduce the fees for flights operating at this hour. Occasionally you will need to handle emergencies and delays due to bad weather or accidents in the area, all which will put your management skills to the test.


Passengers in Airport CEO are versatile humans with personalities, needs, a background story and most importantly; a flight to catch. Passengers are deeply simulated and their decisions, behaviors and opinions about your airport are affected by a number of different factors. Passengers in Airport CEO, just as passengers in real life, have to wait in lines, check in, pass security and then entertain themselves until their flight is ready for boarding. Arriving passengers must find their way out to the baggage claim, get a hold of their bags and pass customs before getting on their transport. Whether they’ll be able to actually catch their flight is up to you: Passengers might have a hard time finding their way around the airport so you build an information desk, passengers might get irritated because of the long security queue and waiting time so you extend its capacity, passengers might complain about the lack of fun things to do in the gate area so you build a duty-free shop, exclusive brand boutiques and business lounges.


Employees are those you rely on to keep your airport running. Just as passengers they are deeply simulated individuals who have minds of their own affected by a number of different factors. Employees have a number of different roles and it is your job to make sure that your airport has the right and necessary work force. From airport staff, janitors, ramp workers and mechanics, security and air traffic control operators to administrators and executives. The more you expand your airport, its range of facilities and its passenger capacity the more versatile and skilled your employees have to be. When employees interact with passengers they’ll have to be skilled at managing people and also stress resistant in order to avoid processing errors and letting the wrong people through.

Facilities & Buildings

Airports are complex mega-structures with a lot of different buildings and facilities. While a small airport might not need more than a simple grass runway and a terminal, as you grow your airport you will have to expand its facilities ranging from air control towers, fingers and aprons, taxiways and service paths to fire, weather, catering and fuel stations. As your airport grows your terminal grows, you will have to make sure that it is equipped with the necessary facilities that passengers are expecting. Building a terminal in Airport CEO is 100 percent custom: You decide its shape, its layout, its components such as the floors, the walls and the doors. Baggage needs to be processed and transported to the same flight as its owner and its all up to you when it comes to avoiding bottlenecks and designing the ultimate airport terminal.

Being a CEO

Data, data, data! As the acting CEO of your airport you need to be able to make difficult business decisions based on real intelligence. In Airport CEO you will ultimately be provided with huge amounts data from which you can draw conclusions and manage your airport. You will be provided with a set of different panels highlighting what you want to know, if you have invested in the right technology collecting it of course. As the CEO you will not only be responsible for the architecture of the airport but also for those working in it. Tired of screening every janitor you need to hire? Establish an HR department and let them do it for you! Tired of assessing the monthly budget balance? Create an accounting department, or even better, hire a CFO to make sure that you really make the best decisions.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP Service Pack 2
    • Processor: Intel: Core2 Duo 2.4 GHZ | AMD: 3 GHZ
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any (minimum 1 GB RAM)
    • DirectX: Version 8.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 8 (or higher)
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 2.6 GHz | AMD: 3 GHZ (or higher)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any (1.5 GB RAM or higher)
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10 (or higher)
    • Processor: 2,7 GHZ Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any (1 GB RAM)
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: mac OS Sierra
    • Processor: 2,7 GHZ Intel Core i7 (or higher)
    • Graphics: Any (1.5 GB RAM or higher)
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
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